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Hauppauge HD PVR Rocket Game Recorder Review

The Hauppauge HD PVR Rocket Game Recorder is a smart little box that records footage from things like the Xbox One or your PC.

It comes with almost everything you need to get started, you’ll need to provide a USB drive to record footage to.

There are some instructions included, they do the job but they’re just printed on a bit of paper and for the price I’d expect a nice looking booklet.

Setup is easy enough, plug in a HDMI cable from the source device, then plug a second HDMI cable (one is provided) into the TV/monitor.  The Rocket is powered by a USB cable, interestingly if the USB port you use can’t supply enough power the cable has a second USB cable to help provide a bit more juice.

Hauppauge HD Rocket

A USB stick needs to be plugged in, it would’ve been good to have the option to use an SD card as this would’ve kept the box a bit tidier, as it is you have a USB dongle sticking out.

There is a big red button on the top, press that and the Rocket starts to record whatever the device is displaying.  This worked with a couple of Android boxes in for review as well as an Xbox One, so there is potential for using this with a range of devices.  Press the red button again and the recording stops, with a simple LED light indicating if it’s recording or not, very simple system.

For those looking to do a little more there is some optional software you can download from the manufacturers website.  This give you a range of options, from recording directly to your PC, to streaming live.  The included microphone does a decent job and would be fine for voiceovers or commentary.

The captured sound and footage was excellent quality, making this a much better option than pointing a camcorder at a screen!  With it being stored on a USB stick you can simply plug it into your PC and immediately gain access to it, removing the need to connect the Rocket if you’d rather leave it in situ.

It’d be nice to see better quality instructions included as well as the ability to use an SD card for those what want to take this round to a friends and just want to chuck it in a bag without having to worry about a USB stick falling out, but those are minor niggles for this simple to use system.

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Hauppauge 1527 HD Rocket - Portable USB powered 1080p Game Capture recorder. Records direct to USB thumb drive in PC and Apple MAC MP4 format. NEW Live Stream to Twitch and Facecam features - Black/red

£122.22  in stock
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Features

  • Record your Xbox One, PS4, PC, Xbox 360 or WiiU game play in HD
  • Pocket sized, USB powered HD video recorder. Portable! Just plug in a USB thumb drive and start recording in HD!
  • Comes with a built-in microphone mixer for recording your game commentary
  • It also supports PC connect mode. Record, trim, upload and stream with Twitch and YouTube
  • HD PVR Rocket records video at up to 1080p and can record from either HDMI (without HDCP protection) or Component Video.

Hauppauge 01527 - HD PVR Rocket. Portable USB-powered Full 1080p HDMI video recorder for Game consols, Tablets and PCs. Records gameplay to USB thumb drive in MPEG 4 (not included) or directly to PC. Includes a built-in microphone connector to attach your Mic and recording in-game commentary whilst recording video.Vendor pn 01527.

£157.18  in stock
4 new from £125.18
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Features

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BrandHauppauge
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LabelHAUPPAUGE
ManufacturerHAUPPAUGE
Model01527
MPN01527
Package Quantity1
Part Number01527
Product GroupCE
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PublisherHAUPPAUGE
StudioHAUPPAUGE
TitleHauppauge 01527 - HD PVR Rocket. Portable USB-powered Full 1080p HDMI video recorder for Game consols, Tablets and PCs. Records gameplay to USB thumb drive in MPEG 4 (not included) or directly to PC. Includes a built-in microphone connector to attach your Mic and recording in-game commentary whilst recording video.Vendor pn 01527.

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